Kayaking Gear List
No matter how benign or turbulent the conditions, paddlers must always be prepared with the right gear. Based
on the decades of paddling experience our guides possess, Charles River Canoe & Kayak has assembled the recommended kayaking gear list below. We also have a printer-friendly version
The list is divided into three sections based upon the exposure of the water on which you'll be paddling and, therefore, the potential for hazardous wind and wave conditions. Make sure you understand the environment in which you are paddling. Learn the skills required to paddle there, and practice them consistently. Our paddling classes
will get you started and keep your skills sharp.
It may not be necessary to keep all these items immediately available. For example, it's fine to keep your splash jacket stowed in a hatch on a flat-calm, sunny day on the Charles. If rain moves in or you capsize and get cold, you'll be glad you brought it. However, there are some items you should never, ever stow in a hatch — including your Personal Flotation Device!
The Paddling Store
at Charles River Canoe & Kayak stocks most of the items on our gear list, and we are happy to help you select the right gear or answer any questions. Just drop in or e-mail us
, because we're here to help!